What began as a fairly uneventful day at training camp ended with ambulance sirens blaring. Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Clemons was rushed to the hospital after suffering from dehydration.
The Eagles training staff carted Clemons off the field to the locker room where they tried to decrease his body temperature with cold rags and ice packs, but they were forced to call for medical attention.
Clemons sat in the ambulance conscious and alert for six minutes before being taken to the hospital. Andy Reid soon followed in an SUV.
Quarterback Donovan McNabb says it's tough to lose a player like that.
"You never want to see any of your teammates carried off and driven to the hospital for dehydration, but the doctors will do a good job and he'll be back," McNabb said.
McNabb says most Eagles are used to the heat, but the fact that Clemons is new means he may not be used to the scorching temperatures.
"We are adjusted to it, but with this being Chris' first go around he'll have to adapt to it."
Coach Reid says despite the heat they will practice hard because in the end playing hard will prevent injuries.
"I think if you go all out, you limit your injuries, if you start worrying about pacing yourself, you get hurt. If you stand around, you get hurt. Play hard and keep your injury level down," he said.
The injuries did pile up on what Coach Reid described as a hard day of practice. By the end of the morning, 11 players found their names on the injury report.
Sheldon Brown says he agrees with Coach Reid's philosophy and for good reason.
"After finishing 8-8, I think the tempo needs to be where it is. If you're going to get better, you have to work."
One player not participating in the up-tempo practices is offensive lineman Shawn Andrews. The guard is sitting out with "psychological problems."
Donovan McNabb says he hasn't talked to Andrews, but understands his problems. "I'm all right with Shawn and the situation that he's involved in. You just want everything to be fine, especially coming into camp. I know when he makes the decision to come back and communicate we'll welcome him back with open arms," McNabb said.
McNabb says Andrews will be all right and will report by the end of the camp.
Jameson Fleming is an intern at ESPN Radio 1230 and 1320 and will be at Training Camp every day filing radio reports and publishing his transcripts on Bleacher Report.
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